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Sustainable Stephanie ๐ŸŒฟ  ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Environmentalist ๐ŸŽคโ™ป๏ธSustainability Speaker ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€๐ŸŽ“Corporate Environmental Advisor ๐Ÿ“จ enquiries sue.green1@me.com #sustainableswapsunday

๐ŸŒ๐ŸดSUSTAINABLE SWAP SUNDAY ๐Ÿด๐ŸŒ
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Despite the fact Iโ€™ve been making sustainable swaps every week for well over a year, I canโ€™t believe that iโ€™m STILL coming across changes and sustainable lifestyle hacks which make my day to day life that little bit more conscious. Iโ€™ve certainly learnt a lot along the way! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒ
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When I first started my zero waste journey, I made a concerted effort not to buy into additional zero waste โ€˜accessoriesโ€™ that I didnโ€™t really need, and tried my hardest to use what I already had. I started by carrying my own metal cutlery around in my handbag ๐Ÿ‘œ๐Ÿด but, at times this was heavy and not particularly practical, so I didnโ€™t always carry my knife and fork with me, and typically, it was on these days when I was faced only with disposable plastic cutlery! ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ—‘ So I found a reason to buy this lightweight bamboo set which now always comes with me everywhere!๐Ÿด๐ŸŒ
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Yesterday, during my @wwf_uk insta takeover @zerowastegoods I brought another little zero waste addition into my life, and purchased this personalised cutlery case, which is handmade from reclaimed fabric scraps by @agnesldn โ™ป๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Iโ€™ve been meaning to get myself a little pouch for AGES and Iโ€™m so pleased I waited for the perfect one. Now my cutlery is conveniently (and also probably more hygienically) all in one place, rather than lost in the depths of my handbag!๐Ÿด๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ
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Moral of the story, take your time and buy only what you need, when you need it. Slow and steady change is still change. โœŒ๐Ÿผ๐ŸŒ Who else agrees? ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒ
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#sustainableswapsunday #sustainableswaps #eco #ecowarrior #zerowaste #zerowastehome #environment #environmentalist #reducereuserecycle #lowwaste #lowimpactmovement #reusable #reusables #reusablecutlery #zerowastegoods #bethechange #FightForYourWorld

๐ŸŒ LOW WASTE SUSTAINABLE ADVENT ๐ŸŒ
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Itโ€™s been a long running tradition in my family that each year my mum makes me a homemade advent calendar, carefully crafted out of reused cardboard boxes ๐Ÿ“ฆ and filled with personalised treats. ๐ŸŽ So this year rather than buying her a plastic wrapped cardboard shop bought calendar full of cosmetics, I thought Iโ€™d have a crack at assembling my own sustainable advent calendar for her. ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŽ„.
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So if next year you want to do the same for one of your loved ones keep on reading ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ Itโ€™s really easy! 1๏ธโƒฃ repurpose a box, container or tin ๐Ÿ“ฆ, I decided to re-use a beautiful panettone tin which seemed such a shame to put in the recycling bin ๐Ÿ—‘โ™ป๏ธ 2๏ธโƒฃ Wrap individual presents in recyclable paper I used brown paper and @whogivesacraptp packaging! Avoid wrapping paper which is covered in glitter or doesnโ€™t tear because this isnโ€™t recyclable ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธโ™ป๏ธ 3๏ธโƒฃ Fill will personalised gifts - I canโ€™t tell you exactly whatโ€™s in her calendar because it will spoil the surprise for mumma Caroline (who is my biggest fan), but Iโ€™ve selected organic, fairtrade and recyclable foodie treats and some beauty products. ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŽ„ .
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Just because youโ€™re living consciously doesnโ€™t mean you have to boycott advent, and it also doesnโ€™t necessarily have to cost you more either! ๐Ÿ’ธ Last year I spent at least ยฃ40 on a beauty advent calendar which honestly didnโ€™t contain that much, whereas this year, because I bought normal sized products rather than the expensive miniatures (which also come with loads of packaging ๐Ÿ“ฆ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ), this advent calendar worked out CHEAPER and is full of personalised treats that I know she will love! Theyโ€™ll certainly be no unwanted pressies left in this advent calendar! ๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ“†
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Also on the topic of a sustainable Christmas, next Saturday Iโ€™ll be at Londonโ€™s first ever Zero Waste Christmas Market @zerowastegoods taking over the @wwf_uk instagram story and interviewing Mel the festival organiser. If you have any questions for her, let me know in the comments below๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ๐ŸŒ And if you do see me please come and say hello and spread the Christmas cheer, otherwise keep an eye out on the @wwf_uk socials for me ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿผ๐ŸŽ„

๐Ÿซ๐ŸŒ SUSTAINABLE SWAP SUNDAY ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿซ
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If you LOVE chocolate but hate palm oil ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒด then this swap is for you! Ever since the @icelandfoods rang-tang advert came out Iโ€™ve been trying my hardest to firstly increase my awareness of what products palm oil is in (in summary A LOT) ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ and do my best to avoid it, preferably swapping with products that donโ€™t contain palm oil or if that isnโ€™t possible, looking for the RSPO (Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil) symbol. ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒด Check out my recent IGTV post for handy trick on what you can do to help educate yourself on what products do or donโ€™t contain palm oil. ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒด
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But let me be honest with you - as a consumer this is NOT an easy task, particularly as many food products have palm oil listed in disguise as 'vegetable oil' and in non-food products (like cosmetics) there are over 200 alternate names for palm oil. What a headache for the conscious consumer! ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒ In reality, unless you know the company has a clear 'no palm oil' policy ๐Ÿšซ๐ŸŒด or the product doesnโ€™t contain vegetable oil, you just canโ€™t be sure. SO iโ€™m going to do the hard work for you and make your if a little easier. ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ As part of my #sustainableswapsunday series look forward to seeing some more GENUINE palm oil free swaps on my page! Yes, this isnโ€™t zero waste, BUT sustainability is a CONSTANT trade off, and itโ€™s important to consider whatโ€™s in the packaging rather than just the packaging in isolation. ๐Ÿ“ฆ๐Ÿ—‘
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So this weekend, why not swap @cadburyuk dairy milk buttons ๐Ÿฅ›๐Ÿซ with @montezumaschocs organic milk buttons with contain only 5 ingredients: sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk powder cocoa mass and vanilla - and guess what theyโ€™re ALL organic! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐ŸŒ If youโ€™re looking for a vegan option ๐ŸŒฑ why not try @montezumaschocs peanut butter dark chocolate truffle bites? ๐Ÿฅœ๐Ÿซ Letโ€™s all do our best to support brands that genuinely CARE about Planet Earth ๐ŸŒ What do you guys think about palm oil - and do you want to see some more palm oil free swaps on my page? ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšซ๐ŸŒด
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#sustainableswapsunday #environment #eco #ecowarrior #vegan #vegetarian #palmoil #palmoilfree #deforestation #lowimpact #livingconsciouslycrew

๐ŸŒ๐ŸŽ„ A SUSTAINABLE CHRISTMAS ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŒ
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Yes I know itโ€™s November and probably too soon to be talking about Christmas BUT I wanted to get this post out there BEFORE you panic bought loads of glittery shiny wrapping paper. Plus is it just me, or does it seem like this weekend Christmas has suddenly hit the highstreet? Donโ€™t get me wrong, Iโ€™m not a scrooge, but itโ€™s materialistic nightmare out there! ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŽ„
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There are so many sustainableswaps to be made around the festive period. But this #sustainableswapsunday Iโ€™m focusing on wrapping paper! ๐ŸŽ And if youโ€™re wondering why Iโ€™m already wrapping presents in November, thatโ€™s because Iโ€™m currently making my own low waste sustainable homemade advent calendar for someone rather special (details to follow on my page soon!) ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ๐ŸŒ
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Thereโ€™s a lot of confusion when it comes to wrapping paper. Is it recyclable, isnโ€™t it recyclable? ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธโ™ป๏ธ Well this might be a surprise to you but in the U.K. most wrapping paper IS actually recyclable. โ™ป๏ธ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป The only types of wrapping paper that canโ€™t go in the recycling bin are the shiny metallic and glitter varieties. If in doubt, test it out with the โ€˜scrunch testโ€™ - if you literally scrunch the paper in your hand and it stays in a ball, it can be put into the recycling. (This is guidance for the U.K. only, international followers please check recycling specific to your country or state!)ย โ™ป๏ธ๐Ÿ—‘
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This year to avoid any confusion, Iโ€™m wrapping my presents in brown paper, using paper tape to stick in place โœ‚๏ธ๐Ÿ“ฆ and decorating with reused ribbon. Iโ€™m also reusing my @whogivesacraptp packaging. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐ŸŒThere are loads of other options for wrapping presents including using newspaper ๐Ÿ“ฐ, fabric (I love that @lush wrap products in their reusable scarfs) or your could reuse saved bags and last years wrapping paper ๐Ÿ›โ™ป๏ธ Whatโ€™s your #sustainableswapsunday and favourite wrapping paper? Let me know below ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ
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#sustainableswapsunday #eco #ecowarrior #environment #environmentalist #zerowaste #zerowasteliving #zerowastehome #lowwaste #livingconciouslycrew #lowimpactmovement #reducereuserecycle #sustainableliving #sustainability #sustainable #ecochristmas

๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿฅฉ VEGAN STEAK NIGHT ๐Ÿฅฉ๐ŸŒฑ
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A couple of nights ago I posted a picture of my vegan @vivavivera steak on my story and it received LOTS of comments and opinions. So in answer to your questions and DMs. 1๏ธโƒฃ Firstly was it nice? HELL YES๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ after not eating anything remotely like a steak for nearly two years I was actually a little bit apprehensive about eating something so โ€˜meatyโ€™ ๐Ÿฅฉ but paired with some sweet potatoes, salad and a peppercorn sauce (which sadly didnโ€™t make the shot) it was a delish meal and SO filling! ๐Ÿคฐ๐Ÿผ 2๏ธโƒฃ Secondly, did it taste like a steak? Honestly no, but then I didnโ€™t expect it to and didnโ€™t really want it to, BUT it did taste meaty like a hamburger, so Iโ€™ll definitely be trying these in a bun next time. ๐Ÿ” ๐ŸŒฑ 3๏ธโƒฃ Does this make me miss meat? Surprisingly no ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ when I first went โ€˜flexitarianโ€™ yes, it was a struggle and I felt I was sacrificing my diet for the benefit of the planet ๐ŸŒŽ But with time, it became so much easier especially due to the increasing availability of meat substitutes, which if anything have facilitated and made my (mostly) plant based diet that little bit easier. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐ŸŒฑ 4๏ธโƒฃ My final plea is @vivavivera please consider frozen items in cardboard packaging like @lindamccartneyfoods ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโ™ป๏ธ
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If youโ€™ve got this far and youโ€™re thinking โ€˜not another vegan postโ€™ ๐Ÿ™„ Please listen to the science behind this ๐Ÿ”ฌ there is demonstrable evidence highlighting that diet change towards more plant-based diets is very likely critical for avoiding catastrophic environmental damage, including climate change. ๐ŸŒก๐ŸŒŽ In fact, there may be no other human activity that has a larger impact on our climate than the raising of livestock. ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ’จ Animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, whilst transport is 13% ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿ’จ If youโ€™re lucky enough to have easy access to food, please make a conscious and informed choice, not just for the planet but for humanity ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐ŸŒ
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#vegan #veganrecipes #vegetarianrecipes #vegetarian #sustainability #sustainable #eco #ecowarrior #livingconciouslycrew #environment #environmentalist #climatechange #climatechangeaction

๐ŸŒด๐Ÿฅœ PALM OIL FREE NUT BUTTER ๐Ÿฅœ๐ŸŒด
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Thanks to @icelandfoods and @greenpeace thereโ€™s been loads of discussion in the media all about palm oil and the devastating impacts it has upon habitats and charismatic species like the orangutan - did you know that in the last 20 years more than 90% of orangutan habitat has been destroyed? ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒด You might be interested to learn that this isnโ€™t a new topic and since 2002 the @wwf_uk have been a key player in lobbying unsustainable palm oil and in 2009 became part of The Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil or RSPO - a not-for-profit organisation which has developed a set of environmental and social criteria which companies must comply with in order to produce Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO). ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป
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Palm oil is in SO many products beauty, food and cleaning products, so why not make a pledge this #sustainableswapsunday to start opting for products which are palm oil free? ๐ŸŒด๐Ÿšซ I have swapped from @tescofood own brand peanut butter (which contains palm oil) to @meridianfoods nut butter which is simply ground up peanuts and nothing else ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿฅœ itโ€™s also in a reusable and recyclable glass jar too! โ™ป๏ธ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป Even better why not take your own jar along to your nearest bulk store and grind your own peanuts! ๐Ÿฅœ๐ŸŒ
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Be the change and make a conscious choice next time you go shopping, consumer power is HUGE ๐Ÿ›’๐ŸŒ Check out my first ever IGTV video to learn more about some other well known products which contain palm oil and quick activity you can do at home to work out what impact you are having! ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒ
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#sustainableswapsunday #sustainability #sustainabilitymatters #eco #ecowarrior #environment #environmentalist #palmoil #greenpeace #wwf #biodiversity #ecology #ecologist #deforestation

๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿ’ป SUSTAINABLE SWAP SUNDAY ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐ŸŒ
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Iโ€™ll be honest with you all, when it comes to technology, Iโ€™m a bit of a grandma, and I genuinely feel more comfortable outside exploring ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿrather than being stuck indoors behind a screen. ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ’ป I think we all now consider the internet as basic human right, with certain age groups often being criticised for the amount of time they spend online, but really, if that time is spent learning and researching (as opposed to mindlessly scrolling through social media which Iโ€™m trying to cut out) how is this any different to flicking through an encyclopaedia? ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ“–
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Thanks to the internet, information has never been SO accessible, and after a day outdoors, Iโ€™ll turn to my laptop to research a species which I just couldnโ€™t identify outside, learn more about what I could identify and of course then share with you lovely lot! ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐ŸŒ So now time for the #sustainableswapsunday part. I used to immediately turn to @google but now have swapped my default browser to @ecosia both on my laptop AND phone!๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐ŸŒณ
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Youโ€™ve probably know all about @ecosia already because theyโ€™re FAB and have been around since 2009, but if not itโ€™s a search engine which donates 80% of its surplus income to non-profit conservationist organizations, with a focus on tree planting and global reforestation projects. ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒณ
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On average, you need make 45 searches to plant 1 tree, and so far over 41 MILLION trees have been planted! ๐ŸŒณ This is a really easy swap, which we we can ALL make this weekend. Whatโ€™s stopping you? Go and make this swap now! How many trees have you planted with @ecosia? ๐Ÿ’ป๐ŸŒณ.
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P.s This is not an ad for @ecosia I just love trees ๐ŸŒณ Also, Iโ€™m still using my 8 year old MacBook (probably a museum piece now) which has seen me through my undergraduate masters, several job applications, presentations, blog posts and is still going strong. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ป .
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#environment #environmentalist #ecowarrior #sustainable #sustainableswapsunday #sustainableswaps #sustainability #fixandrepair #reforestation #trees #forest #climatechange #zerowastehome #lowimpactmovement #climatechangeaction

๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŒฏ ROASTED PUMPKIN BURITTO ๐ŸŒฏ๐ŸŽƒ
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This evening the pumpkins that were decorating my house for Halloween were used for their REAL purpose - to be eaten! ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป I still find it bonkers that carving pumpkins are purposely grown to be wasted. I canโ€™t imagine how demoralising it must be as a farmer looking out at your field, knowing that your bumper crop of pumpkins were going to be carved and left to rot. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŽƒ
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I donโ€™t post many pictures of my food, mainly because I realise halfway through eating that it wouldโ€™ve made a great post! ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ What can I say, I like my food! ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ But for once I finally managed to capture a quick photo of my vegan pumpkin burrito, before wrapping it up and quickly snaffling. ๐ŸŒฏ๐ŸŽƒ
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If you want to save your pumpkin from the bin and LOVE burritos this recipe is for you! ๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŒฏ Also itโ€™s vegan too! ๐ŸŒฑPreheat your oven to 200c โžก๏ธ cut your pumpkin into small pieces, leave on the skin because itโ€™s a great source of fibre, reduces waste, saves time peeling and maintains texture (i.e stops your pumpkin turning into a big mush) โžก๏ธ drizzle in olive oil, chopped garlic and herbs โžก๏ธ Roast in the oven for about 30-40 minutes stirring twice to make sure your pumpkin is cooked all over โžก๏ธ meanwhile get your rice boiling and start cutting up some mushrooms and add them in for the last 5-10 minutes โžก๏ธ assemble and demolish. ๐ŸŒฏ๐ŸŽƒ
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Good job I took this photo before, because wrapping up this beast was an absolute nightmare. Who else is guilty of overfilling their burrito? ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒฏ
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#pumpkin #pumpkinsareforeating #halloween #sustainability #sustainable #ecowarrior #environmentalist #vegan #veganeats #veganrecipes #veganfortheplanet #veganfortheanimals #vegetarianrecipes #vegetarian #reducereuserecycle

๐ŸŒโ™ป๏ธ POTTY FOR RECYCLING โ™ป๏ธ๐ŸŒ
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Last Friday I had the BEST time at @lushkingston influencer evening! The most sustainable touch was drinking from their signature recycled black pots which were washed out and re-used as cups! No single use plastic in sight. ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ—‘
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Did you know that if you take 5 of these pots back you get a FREE face mask?! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ I took my cupboard of pots back and left with a free oatifix fresh face mask. But what happens next? ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ Once you drop them off, theyโ€™re transported back to Poole, Dorset, (with the same trucks which deliver the fresh products). ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿš› The pots are then chipped down, washed and dried in a granulator, melted down and reformulated into new black pots! At the moment, @lush donโ€™t yet receive enough returned pots for them to be made solely from their own pots, so also purchase recycled plastic to meet the demand. โ™ป๏ธ HELP @lush close the loop and achieve a circular economy by returning your pots! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐ŸŒ
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And itโ€™s not just black pots which can be recycled in your local Lush store. Bottle tops, lipstick tubes, powder make-up containers can all be returned too! If only all high street shops cared this much about Planet Earth ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐ŸŒ Who else returns their pots? ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธโ™ป๏ธ
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#environment #environmentalist #eco #ecowarrior #lush #lushie #kingston #kingstonlush #zerowaste #zerowastehome #zerowasteliving #reducereuserecycle #circulareconomy #livingconsciouslycrew #lowimpact #lowwaste #ethicalbeauty

๐ŸŒ SUSTAINABLE SWAP SUNDAY ๐ŸŒ
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Line up those ramekins ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป Iโ€™m a massive fan of package free naked products, but after a few soapy disasters (after leaving my bars directly in the firing line of my shower head) ๐Ÿšฟ Iโ€™ve learnt that storing your bars correctly is important if you want to make them last! ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿง–๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ .
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I re-use ramekins (fuelled by my pudding obsession) to keep my ever growing collection naked products in. It lets them air and dry out after use, and also makes them easy to move in and out of my shower! ๐Ÿšฟ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ From left to right I have a @lillyandlottie_ecolife fresh face bar, @lush snow fairy ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ naked shower gel and daddy oโ€™ conditioner! ๐Ÿ’†๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒ
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Plus whilst Iโ€™m on the topic of naked products. You could win some amazing handmade organic @lillyandlottie_ecolife products on my giveaway which closes TONIGHT and the winner is announced TOMORROW get involved! ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ›
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Itโ€™s a simple one, but a handy swap - who else re-uses their ramekins rather than wasting them? I hate to see these cute little pots go to waste!๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ—‘โ™ป๏ธ
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#sustainability #sustainable #eco #ecowarrior #sustainableliving #sustainableswapsunday #naked #packagefree #reducereuserecycle #giveaway #ethical #environmental #environmentalist #zerowaste #zerowastehome #zerowasteliving #zerowastelondon #lowwaste #lowimpactmovement #lushie #lushiesofinstagram #lushlife

๐Ÿ„ FRIDAY FUNGI FACTS ๐Ÿ„
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Perhaps Iโ€™m weird, but this Autumn iโ€™ve recently become fascinated by fungi. ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ‚ I just find it incredible how quickly they pop up out of the ground or a log as if theyโ€™ve been waiting all year to surprise you. ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ„
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I used to think of fungi as nondescript โ€˜boring brown thingsโ€™, but after a bit of research and thanks to @kewgardens โ€˜State of the Worldโ€™s Fungiโ€™ report, Iโ€™ve learnt these little guys play a HUGE part in the worlds ecosystems and also in your daily life too. ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒ
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Did you know that fungi are more closely related to animals than plants? ๐ŸŒฑ Itโ€™s thought there are between 2.2-3.8 MILLION species of fungi in the world! ๐ŸŒ So why are fungi so important? ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ Well together with bacteria they fill an essential role in nature by decomposing complex organic compounds and returning their minerals to the soil and atmosphere - making them available for the next generation of plants and animals! ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿพ Cue the Lion King music - thanks to fungi it really is one big circle of life! ๐Ÿ„๐ŸŒ
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Plus we really use fungi in our everyday lives! The production of beer, bread and marmite all rely on yeast (a single-cell fungi) ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿž Penicillin was originally derived by fungi ๐Ÿ’‰ @quorn_uk is made from fungi mycoprotein (Fusarium venenatum) and some fungi are even used for synthesising biofuels and cleaning up contaminated land! Pretty impressive huh? ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป
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Also massive thanks to @the.fungi.guy for helping me identify this beautiful specimen of a 'Sheathed Woodtuftโ€™ which is easily confused with its deadly look-a-like โ€˜The Funeral Bellโ€™. So if you plan on going foraging, make sure youโ€™re 110% sure what youโ€™re picking! ๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ„
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#conservation #conservationist #wildlife #nature #fungi #toadstools #mushrooms #biodiversity #ecology #ecologist #biology #biodiversity #wood #woodland #species #getoutside #getoutsideandplay #sustainability #sustainable #naturesclassroom

๐ŸŒ๐ŸซSUSTAINABLE SWAP SUNDAY ๐Ÿซ๐ŸŒ
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If youโ€™re fed up with the โ€˜not currently recyclableโ€™ symbol which is plastered on the back of pretty much every chocolate bar on the high street then this #sustainableswapsunday is for you.๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธโ™ป๏ธ๐Ÿšซ
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I was treated to this box of chocolates from @the.nu.company.uk who proudly package their chocolate in recycled cardboard and compostable cellulose wrap. ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿ“ฆ Plus their chocolate is VEGAN, low carb, gluten free and made from organic Peruvian cacao sourced from a farm which supports agroforestry! ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿซ Agroforestry is basically a style of farming where trees or shrubs are grown around or among crops which has a number of benefits, including increased biodiversity and reduced erosion. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐ŸŒฑ
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If youโ€™re not already sold, for every bar of chocolate you buy, one tree is planted in Madagascar to restore and rebuild their beautiful mangrove forests! ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿซ Not only does this have a HUGE positive impact upon the environment by creating a habitat for wildlife and sequestering all that nasty CO2 from the atmosphere ๐ŸŒก, but mangrove forests also protect the coastline and humans from tsunamiโ€™s, acting as a natural buffer. ๐ŸŒŠ Plus the planting project supports local communities by providing jobs - so far 122,481 trees have been planted ๐ŸŒณ over 1,225 working days! This is sustainability at its absolute BEST ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐ŸŒ and the perfect excuse for me to have another bar right? ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ
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#sustainability #sustainableswapsunday #environment #eco #ecowarrior #vegan #raw #rawvegan #superfoods #superfood #reforestation #letsgrowtogether #zerowaste #zerowastelife #zerowasteliving #zerowastehome #lowimpact #lowwaste #reducereuserecycle #mangrove #peruvian #lowcarb #organic #agroforestry #organicfarming #organicfood #chocolate #veganchocolate

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